Assembly of the African Union, 12th Ordinary Session, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1-3 February 2009

Sectors : Economic governance and public finance management, Financial Institutions, markets, services and microfinance, Energy, Infrastructure General, Transport, Women's rights
Organisation : AU
Date made: 
2009

Commitments in: Governance - Economic governance and public finance management

“The Assembly...

...2. ADOPTS the Protocol for the Establishment of the African Investment Bank;

3. CALLS ON Member States to sign and ratify as expeditiously as possible the Protocol for the Establishment of the African Investment Bank so as to enable the Protocol to enter into force."
 

Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Private Sector development and financial services for the poor - Financial Institutions, markets, services and microfinance

“The Assembly...

...3. ENDORSES the recommendations of the Extraordinary Conference of CAMEF on Development of Micro-Finance in Africa;

4. REQUESTS the Commission to deepen the study on Development of a Roadmap and Plan of Action for Micro-Finance in Africa, and draw on Member States’ experiences in this area;

5. ALSO REQUESTS the Commission to undertake a feasibility study on the creation of a Guarantee Fund for development of micro-finance in Africa.“

Scope: 
Africa

“WE, African Heads of State and Government...
...8. REAFFIRM our commitment to the integration of African stock exchanges which can help to boost efficiency in the mobilization of domestic resources;”

Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Infrastructure - Infrastructure General

“WE, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union...

...RESOLVE TO:
1. Support the development of infrastructure in Africa within the framework of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA);

2. Develop, as a matter of priority, the major regional and continental hydroelectric power projects, to ensure energy security in Africa;

3. Take all appropriate measures to complete the missing sections in the major transport corridors and remove all physical and non-physical barriers to the development of inter-State transport in Africa;

4. Institute appropriate institutional, legal and regulatory reforms, conducive for private sector investment in infrastructure development;

5. Promote innovative financing mechanisms to speed up the development of transport and energy infrastructure;”

Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Infrastructure - Transport

“WE, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union...

UNDERTAKE TO...

...9. Accelerate the facilitation of inter-State transport through harmonization of laws and simplification of transit procedures to promote efficiency and safe operation of transport in Africa;

10. Improve connectivity of the air transport networks between Member States of the Union through comprehensive implementation of the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision;

11. Give high priority to environmental protection and to transport and energy safety and security to promote sustainable development of infrastructure and related services;”

Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Infrastructure - Energy

“WE, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union...

...REAFFIRM:
1. Our determination to pool our efforts to develop efficient infrastructure networks as well as affordable transport and energy services;

2. The urgent need to enhance access to transport and energy infrastructure and services for the majority of the African population;
 

UNDERTAKE TO:
1. Include in our national priorities the various regional and continental interconnection infrastructure network projects and programmes;

2. Harmonize regulations and standards to promote interconnection, and efficient operation of networks and market development;

3. Create appropriate institutional framework for development of the major integration projects and carry out the necessary reforms to ensure better operation and maintenance of these projects;

4. Contribute financially to the NEPAD Infrastructure Projects Preparation Facility;

5. Increase public financing of infrastructure and promote public-private partnerships to speed up the development of transport and energy infrastructure;

6. Enhance the production of and inter-State trade in energy by implementing major integrative hydroelectric power projects and high capacity oil refineries as well as gas and oil pipelines projects;”

Scope: 
Africa

“WE, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union...

UNDERTAKE TO...

7. Develop renewable energy resources in order to provide clean, reliable, affordable and environmentally friendly energy;

8. Enhance institutional and research capacities to develop a non-traditional alternative source of energy to meet Africa’s long-term energy needs, more specifically nuclear energy for peaceful purposes”

Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Gender - Women's rights

“The Assembly: 1. TAKES NOTE of the recommendation of the Executive Council on the African Women’s Decade;

2. DECLARES 2010 -2020 as the African Women’s Decade;

3. CALLS ON Member States and AU Organs and Regional Economic Communities to support the implementation of Decade activities.”

Scope: 
Africa